The Importance Of The Electoral College

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Register to read the introduction… In 1876 Samuel J. Tilden defeated Rutherford B. Hayes by 264,292 votes but yet Hayes became the nineteenth president of the United States. In 1888 Grover Cleveland defeated Benjamin Harrison by 95,713 votes yet Harrison became the twenty- third president of the United States. Finally in the 2000 presidential election many Americans were baffled when George W, Bush with more than half a million less popular votes defeated Al Gore. (Kelly 2) Many suspected some type of deception and demanded an investigation. However, the politically well informed needed no investigation. They were already familiar with the deception. This was not the first time the American people had been deceived. The American people have been deceived every time they have cast a vote in a presidential election. (Kelly 2) The deception being that the majority rules in America and that they were voting directly for the presidential candidate of their choice. It is time to end the deception. It is time to get rid of the Electoral College system. The origins of the Electoral College can be traced back to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The Electoral College was created for two reasons. First because the men responsible for creating the new government were elitist who did not feel that the common people could be entrusted with the sole power of selecting their most important leader, the president of the United
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The issue of how to best divide power between the large states and small states played an important role in the development of the Electoral College. Traditional wisdom teaches that the Founders created the Electoral College as part of the compromise to win the support of the small states that feared that the large states would have too much power otherwise. This leaves a question begging to be answered. Does the Electoral College still protect the interests of the small states? (Amar Why We Should Junk) Well there is some debate about this but for the sake of this argument accept that the Electoral College gives power to the small populous states that

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